If you include hockey (either field hockey or ice hockey) as part of your regular fitness regimen you need to incorporate a balanced, well-rounded stretching routine to keep your muscles loose, supple and pain free.
The best time to do this routine is at the end of your hockey game. Cool down with a few minute of easy jogging or walking and a few deep breathes, then take a seat on the ground and go through the stretches at a slow, relaxed pace.
If you’re doing the routine without exercising (or playing hockey) first, be sure to warm up properly and if any of the exercises cause pain or severe discomfort, discontinue immediately.
To learn more about the muscles used in hockey and why a stretching routine for hockey is so important, take a look at my comprehensive hockey article.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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